To celebrate Kids at Hope Day 2014, Oak Hammock K-8 School implemented an anti-bullying campaign from November through January that empowers all Treasure Hunters and students to find the treasures in all members of the school community. Our personal rendition of the 2014 Kids at Hope theme: “Everyone a Treasure Hunter: Be the ONE to Stand up to Bullying!”
This campaign kicked off with a “Hats Off to You” fundraiser, where students and staff paid $1 to wear a hat on campus. Students were asked to identify their own talents, skills, and intelligence, as well as the treasures in their friends and family.
Next was a school-wide reading of the book One, by Kathryn Otoshi in each classroom. One is a simple yet powerful anti-bullying picture book that has many levels of meaning, making it accessible to students from Pre-K through 8th grade.
Then in January, staff will be trained on strategies to help students mentally time travel to the four destinations. Students’ and staff’s future dreams will be shared to further support connecting across our school community and see the treasures in one another.
We will be closing our campaign with the school-wide signing of a pledge to be a Treasure Hunter by seizing Moments of Truth to stand up against bullying. Students who agree to be the ONE to stand up to bullying will sign the pledge and receive a blue dot sticker as a symbol of their commitment to being a Treasure Hunter for others.
Hailey Mack, Mikey D’Andria, Jenny Nguyen, & Caden Deis stand next to the bulletin board created in band. Students focused on individual talents and compared it to how, just as in music, many different notes come together to create a masterpiece.
Dr. Judi Miller, Big Brothers Big Sisters Executive Director, and Ms. Sabrina Seme, Volunteer Recruiter, presented the School Board with a Certificate of Appreciation for their continued support. January is National Mentoring Month and Big Brothers Big Sisters would like to observe the month by honoring its valued partners.
Pictured are, Dr. Judi MIller, Board Chair Dr. Donna Mills, Superintendent Genelle Yost and Sabrina Seme.
Bayshore Elementary’s Odyssey of the Mind Team competed on Saturday, February 25, and received 2nd place!
The team created a humorous story about a family that brings home an “Odd-a-Bot.” Instead of being programmed to perform tasks, this Odd-a-Bot robot learned from watching others. The team designed an original robot character that demonstrated human characteristics when performing tasks. In the performance, the Odd-a-Bot character moved and learned human actions from watching characters perform activities such as household chores, singing, and dancing. The Odd-a-Bot learned more than it was expected to learn, and confused its actions with humorous results. The team was coached by fifth grade teachers Megan Krinsky and Heather Cruz, and the team included 5th grade students Isabella, Rachel, Adrianna, Juliana, Samantha, Benny, and Lukas.
Congratulations to Bayshore’s Odyssey of the Mind Team!
Bayshore Elementary School’s first grade classes received a visit from Port St. Lucie High School’s JROTC cadets. The cadets took time to share information about JROTC and their uniforms, and then spent time reading to students. Pictured is Port St. Lucie High School JROTC cadet Jamie Tripplett reading to Debbie Gonzalez’s first grade students.
The final reveal of Bayshore Elementary School’s new cafe wall designs were met with excitement and applause! Students and staff are very proud of their new cafeteria and send kudos to Child Nutrition Services and others from the District who supported this grant-funded project.
Bayshore Elementary hosted its annual Literacy Night during Celebrate Literacy Week. Students and families had a great time learning about literacy while participating in literacy games and activities. Second grade student, Tyler Jennings, and his mom, Karen Jennings, worked together to set a literacy goal for Tyler while learning about additional resources at the event.
Bayshore hosted its 5th annual Community Resource Night! Families that attended had the opportunity to learn about community and school resources. Valuable information was shared from Children’s Services Council, Kids at Hope, St. Lucie County Health Department, Hibiscus Children’s Center and many more local organizations. The St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Department also provided fingerprinting services and hosted the Bike Rodeo to teach students about safety rules when riding a bike.
Pictured, from left to right, is Officer Estrada with third-grader Robert Rodriquez and second-grader Amaris Rodriguez, after completing the Bike Rodeo.
Pamela Garrity, Bayshore Elementary STEM teacher, recently entered the Kids at Hope Day Contest. She was recognized with the Time Traveler Award for teaching students how to mentally travel to the future. Her lessons taught students to realize how they can utilize their personal talents and the importance of the skills they are currently learning to reach their destinations in the future. Pictured, from left to right: Pamela Garrity and fifth grade students Taryn Erdosi, Jessica Holsten, and Angelica Moreno.
On September 30, Bayshore Elementary welcomed fathers and male role models to observe the Dads Take Your Child to School Day. The media center received 120 fathers and male role models representing 146 students, or 20% of the student body, who were greeted by the school administrators and teachers. During the event, fathers and male role models participated in the signing of the pledge as a demonstration of their commitment to their children’s education. Fathers were also invited and encouraged to participate in future Dads Take Your Child to School Day events.
Third grade students at Bayshore Elementary were visited on Tuesday, Januray 19, by members of the Lions Club. Mr. James Coy and Mrs. Sandra Coy presented our third graders dictionaries as part of a campaign by the local Lions and Rotary Clubs. This year, both clubs have joined to provide all third grades in Saint Lucie County with dictionaries. Our students are very grateful for their generous gesture.
On Friday, January 15, fourth grade students attended a presentation by the Port Saint Lucie Botanical Gardens and the Keep Port Saint Lucie Beautiful about Arbor Day and the Fourth Grade Foresters Program. Students learned about growing a Sabal Palm and received their own Sabal Palm to take and plant at home. The trees were generously donated by Keep Port Saint Lucie Beautiful and Waste Pro.
Mrs. Glidden’s second grade students participated in STEM activities. Students raised questions about the natural world and used nonstandard objects to build and create through free exploration. Students then explained their thought process and structure to the class. Pictured is second grade student Estrella Covell.
Bayshore students and families recently collected relief supplies for victims of Hurricane Matthew. All supplies collected were donated to Missionary Flights International to provide relief and hope to Haiti in this time of crisis.
This year marked the 50th anniversary of International Literacy Day on September 8, 2016. In honor of this special day, Bayshore students participated in a book exchange. First grade students Sophia Schmitt, Jilieah Taylor and Kaelyn Scheumeister (pictured from left to right) were excited to choose new books!
On September 15, Bayshore students and staff members participated in the Circle of Hope. The Circle of Hope is a cancer awareness event that honors those who have gone on a journey battling cancer. On the third Tuesday of September of every year, members of the St. Lucie Public Schools stand united for hope and a cure for cancer.
Bayshore Elementary second grade classes are combining English Language Arts and Social Studies standards to research, write about, and compare the cultures of Native American tribes from various geographic regions of the United States. Pictured is second grade teacher Mrs. Fallon and her students.
Bayshore Elementary staff handed out nearly 250 bottles of water to thank their families for supporting the referendum. The bottles were wrapped with a thank you message that generated smiles and reciprocal thanks.
At the School Board Meeting on May 27, 2014, PBIS District Coordinator Robert O’Neill presented a Bronze Award for the 2012-2013 Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Model Schools to Bayshore Elementary. A PBIS Model School is one that has met specific criteria and has reported innovative, creative and functional ways of supporting PBIS in their school. Pictured are Board Chairman Debbie Hawley, Assistant Principal Edwin Munoz, PBIS Coach Kathryn Tromblay, Principal Lori Reid, and Deputy Superintendent Dr. Mark Rendell.
Bayshore Elementary School was presented with the American Flag by the family of Captain Matthew Shields. For many years, Mrs. Debbie Gonzalez’s first grade class has sent letters and cards to Captain Matthew Shields and other members of his unit. Captain Shields’ grandmother, Lauran Griffith (longtime Bayshore volunteer), presented a flag that was flown over Syria and Iraq in appreciation for the continuous support that the unit received.
PSLHS Color Guard honored Captain Shields’ family during a ceremony at Bayshore Elementary School.
Pictured (from left to right) is Kim Shields (mother of Captain Shields) PSLHS Color Guard, Lauran Griffith and James Griffith (veteran and grandfather of Captain Shields).
On Monday, January 18, Bayshore students, parents, and staff participated in the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Parade. This year’s theme “Dream Forward: Choose Peace, Equality, and Change” inspired the float design that represented our school.